[open-humanities] CeRch seminar, 28th Feb: Building an Ontology of Creativity

Stuart Dunn stuart.dunn at kcl.ac.uk
Tue Feb 21 17:05:58 UTC 2012

With apologies for cross-postings.

Centre for e-Research Seminar: Building an Ontology of Creativity: a 
language processing approach
Anna Jordanous, King's College London and Bill Keller, University of Sussex

Tuesday 28 February, 6.15pm,  Anatomy Museum (directions: 

Followed by drinks.

Please register to attend at: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2658490617


Creativity is a complex and multi-dimensional concept that encompasses 
many related aspects, abilities, properties and behaviours and can be 
viewed from many different perspectives. Difficulties in identifying a 
comprehensive, widely-accepted definition of creativity have hindered 
progress in computational creativity research as researchers have no 
baseline to evaluate against or standards to aim towards. An important, 
related issue is that of defining creativity in a machine-readable 
format, such that a computational creativity system has a sufficient 
understanding of the concept to permit self-evaluation. This paper 
presents an ontology of creativity and its publication as Linked Data 
within the Semantic Web. Using techniques from statistical natural 
language processing, we analysed discussions of creativity and 
identified fourteen distinct themes or components. The components 
provide an ontology of creativity: a set of building blocks that 
collectively define creativity. This ontological definition of 
creativity makes the concept more tractable to study and evaluate, both 
for humans and machines.

About the speakers

Anna Jordanous trained as a computer scientist and has an MSc in 
Artificial Intelligence from Edinburgh University. Her PhD work proposes 
and applies a methodological tool to evaluate the creativity of 
computational creativity systems: SPECS (Standardised Procedure for 
Evaluating Creative Systems). Anna has also published research in in 
computational creativity, music information retrieval and computational 
linguistics, and has been involved in research projects on applying 
technology in educational contexts. She joined the Centre for e-Research 
in August 2011 as a post-doctoral researcher on the Sharing Ancient 
Wisdoms (SAWS) project.

Bill Keller is a Senior lecturer in Computer Science and Artificial 
Intelligence in the Department of Informatics at the University of 
Sussex. He has a background in computational linguistics and has 
published on a wide range of topics in natural language processing, 
including logical approaches to natural language semantics, formalisms 
for linguistic knowledge representation, statistical approaches to 
machine learning of language and distributional accounts of meaning. His 
current research interests include graph-based methods for word sense 
discovery and concept extraction and approaches to phrasal similarity 
and paraphrase

Dr Stuart Dunn
Centre for e-Research
Department of Digital Humanities
King's College London


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